Charged with DWI? How to get your North Carolina driving license back

There are three areas of a DWI case where the Limited Driving Privilege applies. The first is after being charged with a DWI - you will have your license suspended for 30 days. Most likely, the Police Officer took your license. In those situations the Privilege can not be granted for the first 10 days.

The Privilege will only be for the remaining 20 days.  There is another privilege for the time after those 30 days and before your case is over. If convicted of a DWI or if you plead guilty to a DWI, you will have your license suspended for 12 months.

Depending on how high your blood/alcohol level was at the time of your arrest will dictate when you can petition the court for a Limited Driving Privilege for those 12 months after a guilty plea or guilty verdict after your bench or jury trial. The petition requires several things before a Judge will consider it. Below is a list of those things that are necessary.

1. A certified 7-year driving record from the DMV
2. A Limited Driving Privilege Petition (Form AOC-CVR-9)
3. Fully completed Limited Driving Privileges (Form AOC-CVR-10 or AOC-CVR-11) (3 copies of each)
4. Valid proof of driving insurance (called a 'DL-123 form')
5. Proof of Substance Abuse Assessment
6. Letter from an employer or school if requesting more time outside of the standard hours.
7. $100 cost for the privilege



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